Innocent man left in prison for 15 months
Spanish judge fined for forgetting to release him after acquitting him of criminal charges.9 April 2008
GRANDA - A Spanish court has ordered a judge to pay EUR 100,000 to a man whom she acquitted of criminal charges but forgot to release, keeping him in custody for 15 months, judicial sources said Wednesday.
The judge was also barred from exercising her profession for a year.
The 32-year-old man had been found innocent of stealing a handbag by the judge based at a court in Motril, southern Spain.
The judge's absent-mindedness harmed the health of the detainee, who had suffered from a drug addiction and whose mental problems increased in prison, the Andalusian Supreme Court said in its ruling.
[dpa / Spain]